Sudado de Pescado (Colombian-Style Fish Stew)

by Erica Dinho on February 17, 2010

When I was growing up in Colombia, my mom made sudados once a week. Sudados are a popular dish in Colombia and we have many variations of this dish. For my mom, sudado is the perfect one pot, quick and simple meal. She would make a big pot so we would have left overs for the next day and served it over white rice and fried pantains with avocado on the side.

The aromas of this dish remind me of home whenever I cook it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. This is traditional Colombian home cooking, the style of food that my mom knows how to make very well. Some other variations of sudados are: chicken, beef, pork, meatballs and fish.

Buen Provecho!



(4- 6 servings)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 pounds sword fish steaks
  • 1 pound frozen yuca (cassava)
  • 2 cups water
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sazon Goya with azafran or achiote
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


  1. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onion and scallions and sauté until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Then add the tomatoes, garlic, salt and ground pepper and sauté for 5 more minutes.
  2. Add water, yuca and cumin powder. Reduce the heat to medium low, cover, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add Fish steaks and cilantro and cook for an additional 15 minutes or until the fish is cooked and the yuca is tender.
  4. Serve with white rice and fried sweet plantains on the side.
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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sandra g February 17, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Too bad I didn’t see this post earlier today, I made some fish for lunch (I’m on vacation from school), it was good, but this would have been so much better!


2 Amalia February 17, 2010 at 1:11 PM

OMG this Sudado looks awesome


3 5 Star Foodie February 17, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Mmm… I need to get some swordfish and make this, my family would love this stew!


4 Baking is my Zen February 17, 2010 at 2:44 PM

I have to make this. My mouth is watering for it!!


5 Erica February 17, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Thank you!


6 Simply Life February 17, 2010 at 4:16 PM

yes, please! I would order this anywhere it was possible to get right now!


7 Darius February 17, 2010 at 5:43 PM

This looks delish – and I’m totally loving the colors on this plate!


8 Joan Nova February 17, 2010 at 6:38 PM

I avocado is the perfect accompaniment to fish, root vegetables and rice…and I love a squeeze of lime all over it.


9 Lyndsey February 17, 2010 at 6:43 PM

What a treat this would be, I would love to have grown up eating this once a week!


10 rebecca subbiah February 17, 2010 at 11:06 PM

oh wow looks delicious love anything with fish


11 Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes February 18, 2010 at 2:58 AM

I always love your plating! Beautiful. Sounds really yummy.


12 ruth February 18, 2010 at 3:53 AM

Being the self confessed fish freak that I am I have to say that just looking at picture, nevermind checking the recipe is giving me huge cravings!!! Wow


13 Diana February 18, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Erica, you are never going to believe this. I made a dish almost exactly like this yesterday! Yours looks great especially with the side of rice, I like that!!


14 Erica February 18, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments!


15 Vinolia February 18, 2010 at 10:24 AM

that’s an excellent one pot dish, rich in colour and flavors, appealing and delicious!!!


16 Oysterculture February 18, 2010 at 2:25 PM

That dish looks absolutely amazing. I hope to find some free time to try it. Its a perfect Friday dish for Lent.


17 Karen February 18, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Oh, I haven’t had swordfish in years. This looks delicious!


18 Kim February 18, 2010 at 9:29 PM

I just bought some of the Sazon with azafran and I am glad to see how you used it in one of your recipes. It looks colorful and gorgeous.


19 Erica February 18, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Thank you guys :)


20 Joanne February 19, 2010 at 7:01 AM

I love real down-to-earth homestyle meals like this. Looks fantastic…so full of flavor. Especially over some fried plantains (swoon).


21 Barbara February 19, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Perfect Lenten dish, Erica! And beautifully presented too!
I do adore plantains and could actually eat those for dinner and nothing else!


22 Chef E February 21, 2010 at 1:17 AM

Ummm Erica the colors and flavors here, I think I can smell it now? I would love eating at your house, if I have not already stated that, lol! I keep seeing the hot dogs, oh me oh my…

Your blog is a keeper in my books! Now I am going over to some other things I have to catch up here…


23 Erica February 25, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Thank you :)


24 Ben Bustillo June 1, 2010 at 10:23 PM

I’m going to make this one tomorrow for my daughter, but I will use salmon instead. I think it will come out right. I will let you know, and perhaps take a photo (only if it looks good…)




25 Doris August 22, 2010 at 11:04 PM

I made this dish today and it was delicious!!! I used Talapia and potatoes instead of the sword fish and yuca and it came out just right….sooo yummy!!…My family loved it. Thanks….


26 Anita January 11, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Your recipes are great! I love your website! My dad is interesting in using your recipes but he doesn’t speak English . Do you have a website with the recipes in Spanish?


27 Erica January 12, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Anita- No, I don’t have a site in Spanish, bu I want to translate all my recipes ASAP…….I need some time :)


28 Michelle October 23, 2012 at 10:53 PM

The recipes on this site are wonderful! I made this one tonight. I followed the recipe exactly and my family loved it, even my 2 year old son. Looking forward to trying all of them. Thanks


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